Belgian Yeasts & Cider

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Schemy

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Anyone using any belgian yeast strains with cider. I was wondering if using a Saison yeast would be a good idea?
 

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Anyone using any belgian yeast strains with cider. I was wondering if using a Saison yeast would be a good idea?
Here we are almost 10 years later but as im sure youve seen in some other threads, yes!! It is my favorite thing to use in cider
 
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I've used WLP 530 in cider quite a bit, and it's killer. Fruity, but not overbearing, and not too acidic. BE-256 is a close dry substitute, but the Belgian strains seem to express well with simple sugars.
@Coookies58 Super cool that you got more clove from T-58! You'd think that it would be the opposite and you'd get more clove out of Belle Saison! That's something I'll have to play with!
 

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Yeah. It wasn’t overwhelming but more prominent than with Belle Saison. Belle saison doesn’t produce a ton of eaters in cider in my experience. It just makes a tasty cider. The T-58 definitely had a stronger character.
 

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This year I’ve fermented 26 gallons so far. I’m only using two yeast varieties- Imperial Bubbles and Imperial Napoleon ( a Belgian saison).
I love how my ciders have been turning out with it. They drop clear very quickly taste ready after a few months in carboy. They add a complexity and depth that’s hard to explain. It’s not very “saisony”, if you’re expecting the strong phenolic character that it produces from beer wort.

It is a diastaticus positive yeast so I ferment in dedicated buckets to keep it away from my normal beer equipment.
 

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I've had good results with Belle Saison. It is known to produce a lot of glycerol, which fills out your palate and improves mouthfeel. This helps on a dry cider when there's no complex long-chain sugars like there is in beer wort
 
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